Wildlife & Habitat

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Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge, a designated National Wilderness Area, includes 1,853 rocks and islands and two headlands that span over 320 miles of the rugged Oregon coastline. Protected from human disturbance, thirteen species of seabirds nest here, including Common Murre, Tufted Puffin, Pigeon Guillemot and Black Oystercatcher. Harbor Seals and Steller Sea Lions use the rocky islands as a place to rest and give birth to their pups.

  • Seabirds

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    Seabirds are gregarious, ocean-dwelling birds that live off the bounty of the sea, coming to land only to breed and raise their young. The rocks and islands scattered along the Pacific Coast provide ideal nesting habitat, and in the long days of summer they bustle with the raucous calls of tens of thousands of seabirds.

     Meet the birds of Oregon Islands

  • Birds of Prey

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    Hunters from on high, birds of prey come in many shapes and sizes and lifestyles, unified in their proclivity to living off the flesh of others. Several species frequent the Oregon coast, including the fish-eating Osprey and the dive-bombing Peregrine Falcon.

    Read on about our raptors

  • Marine Mammals

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    Four species of marine mammals use Oregon Islands NWR as areas to haul out of the water and raise their young. Harbor Seals, two species of sea lion, and Northern Elephant Seals can be seen resting on many of the rocks and reefs within the refuge.

    Learn more about our pinnipeds

  • Habitat

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    The rugged landforms along the Oregon coast provide crucial habitat for a wide variety of life. From pupping pinnipeds to nesting seabirds, fragile nudibranchs to wave-beaten barnacles, creatures diverse and distinct find refuge here.